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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Financing is just one part of the remediation equationBangladesh: The road ahead on remediation 19 December 2014

As safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories move from inspections to remediation, stakeholders warn the hard work is just beginning. Access to low-cost finance is one of the main challenges facing firms going forward, but so too is a shift in mindset - with a greater focus on worker training seen as key to creating lasting change.

Uzbek authorities forcibly mobilise more than a million citizens each year to pick cottonWorld Bank urged to probe links with Uzbek cotton 18 December 2014

The World Bank's internal watchdog is being urged to investigate whether its projects are contributing to the use of forced labour in in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan.

Migrant workers are said to work long hours for wages that fail to meet their basic needsWage theft of migrants in Thailand apparel industry 18 December 2014

A study into the working conditions of migrants from Myanmar (Burma) in the Thai apparel industry suggests the workers are typically paid less than the legal minimum wage - a practice known as "wage theft".

Bread & Butter trade show files for insolvency 18 December 2014

Berlin-based fashion trade fair Bread & Butter has filed for insolvency, just over a week after cancelling its next event in January due to lack of interest from exhibitors.

Better suppliers should be rewarded with more businessBangladesh: The business benefits of compliance 16 December 2014

Will efforts to improve fire, building and worker safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry translate into more business - and higher prices? While a major discussion point for ready-made garment exporters at the recent Dhaka Apparel Summit, retailers and brands prefer to focus instead on the business benefits of a compliant supply chain.

Hundreds of industry stakeholders descended on Bangladesh for the Dhaka Apparel SummitBangladesh: Raising the bar on apparel exports? 15 December 2014

The Bangladesh ready-made garment industry has set out an ambitious goal to double its exports to $50bn over the next seven years as it works to rebuild its reputation in the wake of recent tragedies. But while the plans are big in scope they are also short on detail, and executives at last week's inaugural Dhaka Apparel Summit suggest massive challenges still remain if the country is to reach its goal.

Madagascar and Guinea now eligible for AGOA benefits 15 December 2014

Madagascar and Guinea are now eligible for textile and apparel benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after adopting effective visa systems and related procedures to prevent unlawful trans-shipments and the use of counterfeit documents.

New training centre for Bangladesh apparel workers 7 December 2014

A new centre of excellence to provide training for Bangladesh apparel workers was officially opened today (7 December).

Earlier sales with deeper discounts pulled in Thanksgiving shoppersANALYSIS: Is Black Friday losing its lustre? 1 December 2014

Early holiday promotions, the continued growth of online shopping, and an improving economy appear to be changing the way US consumers approach what has traditionally been the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

Gerber president and CEO Mike Elia opening Ideation 2014Customer input "part of the process" at Gerber Technology 25 November 2014

To ensure its customers are "part of the process" when it comes to developing its CAD and PLM solutions, Gerber Technology's annual Ideation event gives them a platform to help set the agenda for future products. This year, faster development, improved workflow and better visibility were among the challenges up for discussion.

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